By Airman Jonathan Whitely | 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Staying active and physically fit is required of those serving in the United States Armed Forces and for Airmen at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, getting involved with intramural sports is a great way to do so.
C.J. Thornton, 50th Force Support Squadron recreation assistant, said he would encourage all of Team Schriever to participate in intramural sports.
“Intramural sports at Schriever are very important,” he said. “They’re a good way to get away from your desk and spend time away from your workmates. They also build camaraderie within squadrons.
“You’re probably going to meet people coming off of shift and crew,” Thornton explained “Maybe you’ll be on a team with a commander you’ve always wanted to learn from or even your supervisor. Sports introduce you to a lot of new people.”
Airman 1st Class Zachary Jones, 50th Force Support Squadron force management apprentice in the military personnel flight, said he used to play softball with his friends in college.
“Playing intramural sports like softball is a great way to unwind,” Jones said. “I’m very excited for the upcoming season. It’s a time to relax from work and meet new people, but at the same time it’s great to compete.”
Thornton said intramural sports aren’t only for star athletes.
“One of the great things about intramural sports on Schriever is it doesn’t matter what your skill level is,” Thornton said. “Whether you’ve been playing for years or have never even swung a bat before, you can play sports here as long as you sign up in time. There’s no try-outs, just sign up, show up and play. It’s that easy.”
Thornton also encouraged those who are not playing to be involved with intramural sports.
“If you have the time and can bring your lunch out to support your team, we absolutely encourage fan participation,” Thornton said. “Cheer on your squadron team and its players, whether you know them or not. It builds a strong sense of camaraderie.”
Jones said sports can build a stronger community, which is important for Schriever.
“With us being on a smaller base, it’s important we stay involved and active,” he said. “We don’t have a (Base Exchange), we don’t have a commissary and we don’t have dorms. Being involved in activities such as intramural sports ensures we’re able to function as a strong community. It helps us stay connected.”
Jones said being active with intramural sports is also a good way to stay fit.
“Being in the Air Force, physical fitness is something that’s important,” he said. “I know in softball specifically there’s a lot of running around and hand-eye coordination. It gets you outside and into the warm weather, it’s also a lot of fun. Playing sports is definitely a great way to stay in shape.”
Thornton said intramural sports are important, not only to the base, but the individual.
“By playing (intramural) sports, going in with the right mindset and staying competitive, you’ll not only be beneficial to yourself, but to your team as well,” he said. “Competition really does bring out the best in people.”
For more information about upcoming intramurals, contact C.J. Thornton at 719-567-6628.